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TRAFFIC: 5th Avenue South Will Close For Water Main Repair

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10/14/2013 - 9:45 AM

Motorists traveling through downtown St. Cloud should be advised 5th Avenue South will be closed for water main repair, both Wednesday and Thursday.

According to the City Engineer’s Office, 5th Avenue South between West St. Germain Street and 1st Street South will close beginning late afternoon Wednesday and wrap up Thursday.

Drivers should seek alternate routes to avoid delays. Detours will be posted at the work zone.

Two People Suffer Injuries After Golf Cart Rollover

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10/14/2013 - 11:50 AM

Two people suffered injuries after their golf cart rolled over near Crow Lake Township Sunday afternoon.

According to the Stearns County Sheriff’s office, 36-year-old Timothy James Schoumaker of St. Cloud was driving a homemade golf cart westbound on Colfax Road when the cart experienced mechanical issues. Schoumaker was unable to control the cart and drove it into the north ditch where it rolled.

The golf cart was not equipped with any seatbelts. Schoumaker and the passenger of the golf cart, 30-year-old Krista Lee Schroendeman of St. Cloud were not wearing helmets and were both ejected from the golf cart.

Both were taken to the Paynesville hospital and treated for their injuries.

I-94 Traffic Congestion Between Twin Cities And St. Cloud A Bigger Problem Than Expected

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10/14/2013 - 11:20 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - Solving chronic traffic congestion on Interstate 94 between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud is not likely to be as simple as adding additional lanes.

Some political leaders support that as a solution. But the St. Cloud Times reports Sunday that engineers and traffic experts say it's not that simple, and could even end up making bottlenecks worse particularly closer to the Twin Cities.

Minnesota Department of Transportation engineer Terry Humbert says a third lane in each direction would likely dump more vehicles into a system with too many choke points already. That option is also very costly.

Experts say it's more practical to consider multiple fixes. Possibilities include improvements to access ramps, more transit options and a managed lane that shifts costs to motorists.

Government Shutdown Affecting Employee Eligibility Workers

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10/14/2013 - 11:15 AM

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) - The federal government shutdown has cut off employers from a system that lets them quickly check an employee's eligibility to work in the U.S.

Minnesota businesses say that's causing hiring headaches. Minneapolis attorney Scott Wright, an expert in business immigration law, tells the St. Cloud Times that it's also adding to the administrative costs of hiring.

The E-Verify system compares information from an employee's I-9 form to data from federal agencies.

Kelly Severson of Atlas Staffing in St. Cloud says her firm is continuing to place employees without running the checks. She says they'll run them when the system is available again, but she's also worried about what might happen if an employee who's already been placed is found ineligible to work.

Three Arrested For Possession Of Controlled Substance Friday Morning

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10/11/2013 - 3:30 AM

Three people are facing charges of controlled substance possession after being arrested at a St. Cloud home Friday morning.

According to investigators, the St. Cloud Police SWAT team and the Central Minnesota Violent Offender’s Task Force completed a search warrant at 62 12th Avenue NE around 5:00 a.m. Friday morning after receiving various calls of weapons complaints, shots fired, threats and information regarding drug use and sales occurring outside the location.

Upon arrival, the SWAT team and Task Force discovered 10 people who were at the home, including the owner, 52-year-old David Roll. A small amount of methamphetamine, an undisclosed amount of crack cocaine, syringes with methamphetamine, prescription pills, and 10-gauge sawed off shotgun were all found during the search.

Among the 10 suspects, three were booked and later released from the Benton County Jail. 45-year-old Bruce Edward Canady and 27-year-old Macenzie Olson, are both facing charges of 5th degree controlled substance possession and 27-year-old Joseph Bernhardt is facing charges for an outstanding warrant for felony controlled substance. All others in the house were released at the scene.

Additional charges may be approaching upon further investigation.

TRAFFIC: 33rd Avenue North and Veterans Drive Remains Closed Today

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10/11/2013 - 12:55 PM

33rd Avenue North at the intersection of Veterans Drive continues to be closed today for road surface repair.

Traffic at the intersection of 33rd Avenue and Veterans Drive will be reduced to single lane in each direction.

Publics' Comments Wanted For New Child Care Plan

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10/11/2013 - 12:00 PM

Stearns County Human Services are requesting input from the public on a Child Care Plan.

The Child Care Assistance Program helps working families with the cost of child care. The plan describes the local policies and procedures.Even though the majority of the plan is prescriptive, the publics’ comments are wanted for its entirety.

A draft of the 2014-2015 Child Care Plan is currently available for public review on the Stearns County Website.

Comments on the plan will be accepted until October 22. Written comments should be submitted to Peggy Sammons, Planning Coordinator, Stearns County Human Services, P.O. Box 1107, St. Cloud, MN 56302.

Area County Tax Deadline Approach

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10/10/2013 - 1:15 AM

The second half property tax deadline is soon approaching in Benton, Sherburne, and Stearns Counties.

According to the Counties' Treasurer Offices, there are several payment options available, including online at the Counties' websites, or in person at County Office locations during business hours. If paying online, additional fees may be assessed.

The deadline is set for Tuesday, October 15th. The deadline to pay your Agricultural Property tax is November 15th.

Fifteen Arrested For Selling Crack Cocaine

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10/10/2013 - 11:35 AM

Fifteen Arrested For Selling Crack Cocaine

15 suspects have been arrested and are facing charges of selling crack cocaine after the conclusion a 5-month-long undercover investigation by the Central Minnesota Violent Offender Task Force.

According to investigators, the operation ended last week after several drug buys and busts, leading to arrests and a search at 1017 8th Avenue South in St. Cloud by the St. Cloud Police SWAT team.

At the location, the SWAT team found 3.5 grams of suspected crack cocaine. The St. Cloud Health inspectors were called to the scene and condemned the house because of its poor conditions.

All the individuals who were arrested were booked and released from the Stearns County Jail or have made initial court appearances and are still being held. Approximately $1600 in U.S. currency was also seized and is subject for forfeiture.

The following suspects are all facing charges of sales of crack cocaine:

1. 51-year-old Bridget Wilson of St. Cloud, 5 counts of sales
2. 52-year-old Lamont Wilson, Currently in Stillwater Prison, 2 counts of sales
3. 23-year-old Henry Lee Moore of Minneapolis, 4 counts of sales
4. 35-year-old Michael Brown of St. Cloud, 1 count of sales
5. 41-year-old Guice Harbor of St. Cloud, 1 count of sales
6. 27-year old Anthony Reese, currently in Benton Co. Jail, 2 counts of sales
7. 38-year-old Kenosha Bates of St. Cloud, 1 count of sales
8. 44-year-old Antoine Jones of St. Cloud, 2 counts of sales
9. 34-year-old Eddie Brown, Jr. of St. Cloud, 2 counts of sales
10. 47-year-old Sharon Norwood of St. Cloud, 1 count of aid and abet sales
11. 37-year-old Jermaine Maxwell of St. Cloud, 3 counts of sales
12. 43-year-old Ladonna McClure of St. Cloud, 2 counts sales, 1 count 5th degree possession
13. 24-year-old Katie Rockymore of St. Cloud, 1 count of sales, 1 count 5th degree possession
14. 36-year-old Marshall Pack of St. Cloud, 1 count of aid and abet sales
15. 37-year-old Carla Thomas of St. Cloud, 1st degree possession

Author Walt Bachman Visiting To SCSU To Discuss New Book on Enslaved Soldiers

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10/10/2013 - 11:15 AM

Author Walt Bachman Visiting To SCSU To Discuss New Book on Enslaved Soldiers

Author Walt Bachman will be giving a presentation on his latest book; Northern Slave Black Dakota at St. Cloud State University.

The book and presentation describes the U.S. Army’s recruiting and payment policies towards enslaved soldiers in free states during the U.S. Dakota War of 1862.

The event which is free and open to the public, will take place Wednesday, October 16 at 7:00 p.m. in Atwood’s Voyageur Room, located on the SCSU campus.

UPDATE: Owner Of 'The i-Pod Guy' Business In Downtown St. Cloud Arrested

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10/10/2013 - 10:25 AM

UPDATE: Owner Of 'The i-Pod Guy' Business In Downtown St. Cloud Arrested

A St. Cloud business owner, The i-Pod Guy, was arrested Tuesday for selling illegal drugs and criminal sexual conduct charges is being held on $50,000 bail in the Stearns County Jail.

Police arrested the 44-year-old Andrew James Frederick after receiving information The i-Pod Guy was allegedly selling Oxycontin and Percocet out his of his storefront, located at 900 West Saint Germain Street. Authorities say a 17-year-old girl and 1 1/2-year-old child were present when investigators conducted a search warrant at the store.

Police say a DNA test was ordered and Frederick was found to be the father of the child who would have been conceived when the girl was 15.

The i-Pod Guy is being charged with 2 counts of narcotics charges and one count of criminal sexual conduct.

Road Surface Repair To Be Done On 8th Street North And Veterans Drive

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10/09/2013 - 2:55 AM

Road surface repairs will begin Thursday morning near 33rd Avenue North at the intersection of 8th Street North and Veterans Drive.

According to the City Engineer’s Office, traffic on 8th Street North and Veterans Drive will be reduced to one lane in each direction at the time of construction.

Detours will be posted, and work will be completed in one day with weather permitting.

Owner of 'The i-Pod Guy' Business In Downtown St. Cloud Arrested

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10/09/2013 - 12:50 PM

Owner of 'The i-Pod Guy' Business In Downtown St. Cloud Arrested

A St. Cloud store owner is accused of selling illegal drugs at his place of business and of criminal sexual conduct with a teenage girl.

Police arrested the 44-year-old Andrew James Frederick after receiving information that he was selling prescription pain pills at his business, The i-Pod Guy. Authorities say a 17-year-old girl and 1 1/2-year-old child were present when investigators conducted a search warrant at the store.

Police say a DNA test was ordered and The i-Pod Guy was found to be the father of the child who would have been conceived when the girl was 15.

Andrew Frederick is being held in the Stearns County Jail.

Stearns County Commissioners Award Bids For Law Enforcement Center Remodel

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10/09/2013 - 11:30 AM

Stearns County Commissioners Award Bids For Law Enforcement Center Remodel

County Commissioners Tuesday approved $2.7 million in bids to construction contractors for the remodeling of the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center.

According to Stearns County officials, the remodel is needed for safety and security reasons.

The project will expand the booking area, to make it safer to accommodate the 8,000-9,000 bookings completed by law enforcement each year. The county says the plan also includes the addition of 9 more cells for male inmates and 11 more more cells for female inmates.

In all, the total estimated construction cost for the remodel is $5.1 million.

Construction of the Stearns County Law Enforcement Center will begin this January and is estimated to be completed in early 2015.

 

Stearns County Board Approves Layoff Notices

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10/08/2013 - 2:15 AM

Stearns County Board Approves Layoff Notices

As a result of the government shutdown the Stearns County Board of Commissioners approved sending out of lay-off notices to county employees Tuesday.

If the government shutdown continues for a period of time, programs in the Human Services Department, such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), will be affected.

According to the Stearns County Administration Center, management will meet Wednesday morning to review federal funding sources and decide what programs are at risk to lose funding. Letters will be sent out to laid-off county employees this week.

The County’s union contract require employees are given a 30-day lay-off notice. If the government shutdown ends before 30 days, no lay-offs will happen.

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